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I Made More Than $66 in 66 Days.

$66 Income from Home Challenge – Late Payments

I’ve done it! I’ve achieved my goal of making $66 in 66 Days, I fact I’ve surpassed it.

The last of my challenge articles has been approved by Demand Studios. Entitled “A Checklist Early Language Development” this article generated a one-off fee of $15 taking my running total from $59.58  to $74.58.

I’m really excited to have reached my objective and am looking forward to tackling my next income from home challenge;

How quickly can this stay at home Mum create  a regular $66 per week?

(answers on the back of a postcard or in the comments section below)


My First $66 Income From Home

Day 66 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

The $66  Internet Profit Systems Challenge is over. 66 days have passed and this first chapter in my quest to earn an extra income from home is closed.

So, how did  I do? Did I launch my career as an internet entrepreneur by making my first $66?

The $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge – The story so far;
Total Spend : $1.00

When I launched the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge I was seeking to attract traffic and create backlinks to this blog and my Squidoo page : Income from Home – The $66 Challenge. As part of my efforts I paid $1 to submit a press release to a distribution service.  This is the only cash investment I have made in my attempt to start to earn an extra income working from home.

Earnings at  Day 66 :    $30.58

On the final day of the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge I have made the grand total of $30.58.

58 cents was my first payment from the revenue share site Squidoo. Read all about my first Squidoo payday.

The lions share of my extra income – $30 – has come from articles I have written for Demand Studios.  At a rate of $15 per article my first two articles were published via Demand Studios on the eHow website. Once accepted by Demand Studios I have found writing for eHow to be a reliable, efficient and relatively easy way to start earning an extra income.  As examples of the kind of work you can pick up through Demand Studios my first two published articles were:

How to Reduce Home Delivery of Junk Mail


How to Make Quick Cash with No Outlay

Balance at Day 66 : $29.58

But wait…..

Although the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge finished on Day 66 (31st January 2011) I had not yet been paid for all of the work that I have completed during the 66 day period.

A further $30 from Demand Studios

On the 31st January 2011 I had 3 articles outstanding with Demand Studios, this means that my writing has been submitted for review by the Demand Studios editors and is pending acceptance.

I’m happy to say that in the few days since 31st January two of these articles have been accepted adding a further $30 to the income from home pot.

I am still awaiting news on my final article.

Two Squidoo Paydays Remain

Beyond this extra income from Demand Studios I have the pleasure of two further Squidoo Paydays.  Like most revenue share sites Squidoo pay in arrears.  The $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge ran through December 2010 to the end of January 2011.  I will be paid monthly revenue share for the performance of my  Squidoo lenses during these months on 15th February and 15th March respectively.

$59.58 and counting…

And so the story continues, will my final article for Demand Studios be accepted, rejected or returned for a rewrite? How much will the next two Squidoo Paydays add to the income from home pot?

On 15th March 2011 the final tally will be made and the book will close on the $66 in 66 Days Internet Profit Systems Challenge.

It takes time to establish a residual income

Holiday’s are coming, passive income is waiting!

Day 18 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

It’s that time of year again; the end of the school year, the long Christmas break, a hectic social calendar and an even busier todo list! Not that I am complaining, I love this time of year, a celebration of family and friendship.

There’s just one problem. I am nowhere near reaching my $66 target, in fact I am currently in the red! Unlike more established Internet entrepreneurs my Internet profit systems are not creating a passive income. This means that whilst I am holidaying, my internet profit systems will not be purring away in the background generating a residual income 24 hours a day.

In fact, worse than that. As a newbie my sites and webpages do not yet have an established network of backlinks neither is their presence established on search engines such as Google. What does this mean? After just 3 days away from the PC, I’ve noticed that my hard earned rankings and ratings have dropped! What, dare I wonder will the impact of 2 or 3 weeks be?

As previously stated the purpose of this project is to prove that a stay at home Mum can earn an extra income through Internet profit systems. As a stay at home Mum my family comes first, my time with them is precious and so, what’s the plan for the next 24 days of the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge.

1. Build my understanding of keyword research, this process is key to search engine optimization and the profitably of Internet profit systems.

2. Try and visit my favourite forums as often as possible – I have found that forums have been one of my most successful forms of traffic generation, receiving just a few visits as a day as a result of my forum signature will help protect the ranking of some of my webpages.

And that’s it. Christmas is for family. When I return it will be Day 40 of the Internet profit systems challenge and I will have just 26 days to turn webpages into dollar signs.

Accepted by Demand Studios

Day 11 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

Yesterday I was accepted by Demand Studios! The editorial team have accepted my application and I am now a member of “a select group of writers who produce high quality articles for several brand-name websites on the Internet”.

It all sounds very grand but the bottom line is that now I have been accepted by Demand Studios I have a very real opportunity to create an extra income writing with eHow. Not only does this mean that I can start to make more money relatively quickly it also means that I can start to create a residual or passive income. The perfect for kind of income for a busy stay at home Mum.

What is Demand Studios?

Demand Studios is a content provider. They provide content to a number of websites including eHow, which just happens to be one of the most visited sites in the US. Demand Studios use a bank of freelance writers whom they pay for writing articles on a range of topics, in a variety of formats.

Joining Demand Studios, Writing with eHow

Applications to start writing with eHow are made and managed via Demand Studios. Both websites have built their reputation on the quality of the content they offer, Demand Studios maintains this standard through a relatively rigorous selection process which requires applicants to have a specific level of experience and expertise.

You can access the application form through either the eHow homepage or by heading straight to the Demand Studios website. Completion requires that you submit a relevant resume and a writing sample.

My application was processed in approximately 24 hours and once I had received the e-mail informing me that I had been accepted by Demand Studios I was able to log in to the site and head straight to My Work Desk.

Before you Start Writing with eHow

Accepted by Demand Studios

The Demand Studios Work Desk


Once you have been accepted by Demand Studios and before you can get into full swing writing with eHow, you must complete a series of freshman tasks. Initially a bio must be created which highlights your professional experience.  Receiving approval of the bio can sometimes be harder than being accepted by Demand Studios in the first place – my first bio has already been rejected, let’s hope the next one meets the mark.

Freshman writers must then complete their first three assignments under the guidance of an editor. Each article is reviewed and feedback provided before publication. Freshmen are strongly advised to wait for the feedback from their first assignment before starting the second.

At this stage you cannot assign your own article title and must select from those available through the find assignments interface.  In my opinion this limits the titles available to a freshman writer and may make those first few assignments harder than most. But, this is the process that has to be followed if you are to gain your spurs as an eHow writer and so I have claimed my first assignment from the available list. I now have seven days to deliver against the title “How to make a Solar Panel from a Domestic Radiator”.

How will I earn an extra income writing with eHow and Demand Studio?Writing with eHow

In the first instance an eHow writer earns an extra income by being paid a fixed fee for a published article.  After review and fact checking by a copy editor, the article (previously selected and claimed through the find assignments interface) is published and payment is processed with the average fee for a 400 – 500 word article being $15.

Now let’s do the math. At $15 per article, working a five day week I would need to publish 8 or 9 articles per day to earn approximately  $30,000 per year. As a stay at home Mum this really isn’t the passive income I am looking for.  So why am I so excited about being accepted by Demand Studios and the eHow opportunity?

Building an eHow Residual Income

By all accounts the eHow revenue share program is the best on the net. In other words it seems like eHow is the writing site with the biggest pay offer.

Once I have completed my first three articles I will have full Work Desk access which includes the option to create my own article titles on subjects of my choice, titles which can then be submitted for payment via the eHow revenue share program.

Writers build their eHow residual income by being paid relative to the number of times the article is viewed and for as long as articles continue to live on the web and be of interest to readers the writer will continue to be paid. On this model an optimized article, targeting a well chosen keyword niche has the potential to earn far more than $15.  Indeed I have come across many reports of writers receiving over $200 for just one article over a twelve month period.  All of a sudden, requiring just 150 articles rather than 2,340, $30,000 a year seems so much more achievable.

By becoming an active member of the eHow revenue share program it’s relatively easy to create a passive income and that’s why I’m so excited to have been accepted by Demand Studios.

Stay at home Mum too busy to seek an extra income!

Day 6 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

It’s official, today this stay at home Mum is too busy to earn an extra income. Swimming lessons, the mountain of washing, tidy up, whip round with the Dyson, make the beds, cook the dinner, bath the kids and time for bed.

Today I have only managed to find an hour to try and kick start my online efforts so that they start to make more money. This raises a very important question:

What is the best use of time if you can only work on your internet profit systems for an hour a day?

In this post I don’t have the answer, I can only tell you where I chose to focus my extra income efforts…

A quick check on Squidoo to update my income report (still nothing) and visit the Squidoo forum. Yesterday I asked more experienced Squiders than I to give me some feedback on my lens – Internet profit systems – it was encouraging to receive some great feedback.

I used some of my 60 minutes to finish the blog post I didn’t have time to finish yesterday – How to Publish a Press Release Online for Free.

And I paid a visit to my favourite work from home forum – Work at Home Forum – to post the question “what is the best use of time if you can only work on your internet profit systems for an hour a day?”. I have learnt a huge amount participating in this forum and would recommend it to anybody who is looking to start to make more money

In my opinion if you only have a short amount of time forums are a great place to focus your efforts. Why? Because every time you post and add your signature you are creating a clickable link, a backlink to your site or webpage. That’s my view, but let’s see what the experts say, I’ll be back with news from the forums when I have it.

In the meantime, back to the dishes!

How to Publish a Press Release Online – For Free?

Day 5 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

Continuing with my endeavour to spread news of the $66 internet profit systems challenge I have reverted back to more traditional marketing methods and decided to publish a press release online.

Having written the press release – Stay at Home Mum Seeks $66 in 66 Days – I turned my attention to working out how to publish a press release online. Preferably for free!

At first glance a google search suggests that there are lots of free options to publish a press release online. However, further investigation quickly reveals that the majority of these free press release distribution services areactually only offering free registration. To publish a press release online, especially if you would like to include a clickable link back to your website, often comes with a fee.

How to Publish a Press Release Online

I spent Day 5 of the $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge exploring the many different online press release distribution services, looking for a list of free pr sites. There are many lists available online however most of these also include those sites that require payment to publish a press release online. For those of you interested in how to publish a press release online I am sharing my findings:

List of Free PR Sites – that allow the inclusion of the crucial clickable link

Unfortunately this list is pretty short.

PR Log – one of the few truly free press release submission and distribution services PR Log allows clickable HTML links in the press release body. In just over 24 hours my press release – Stay at Home Mum Seeks $66 in 66 Days, The Internet Profit Systems Challenge – received 11 hits.

Free Press Release (well almost!) – with Free Press Release it took just 48 hours to obtain 599 views. This is a great result with just one snag, it wasn’t free! To include links in a release requires that you upgrade to the Premier package, this is only charged at $1 per release so I’m not complaining although the site requires that you pre-load your account with a minimum of $20 (a little cheeky but if the site generates good results then I’m not too bothered). The Premier release is also great value as just $1 allows 2 hyperlinked website addresses, one clickable website link at the foot of the release and up to 3 images, which are really useful for product based news stories.

Other recommended PR distribution services

There are hundreds of online PR distribution services.  Rather than providing an overwhelming list I am sharing the Top 5 places to publish a press release online.

PR Web – PR web is the top site in the industry and this is reflected in the fee of $80 per release.  If you have money available for PR this really is the best place to spend it.

PR Free – billed as the most affordable press release service PR Free offers its essential package at $30 per release

PR Leap – $50 for the basic text only release, PR Leap has a big focus on integrating social media functionality

24 – 7 Press Release –  offers an online visibility package at $49 per release.  24-7 Press Release may also lead users to believe that they should be on the list of free PR sites unfortunately their offer of free distribution comes with the following disclaimer:

“Due to the heavy submission volume of free press releases, we do not guarantee review or publication.
Please choose one of our Paid distribution packages.”

PR Newswire – Much more than a press release distribution service PR Newswire is a service for those businesses that have PR as a core element of their marketing strategy. Offering a tailor-made agency style service, PR Newswire will help you create a PR campaign within a predetermined budget to deliver against clearly defined goals and objectives.

Building The List of Free PR Sites

As time goes on I hope to find more truly free services and be able to add to my list of free PR sites. In the meantime, if you know of any websites where users can publish a press release online and include links for free then please share the details in the comments section below.

Making a Start with Squidoo

Day 4 – $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge

In my wisdom I launched the $66 challenge on a Friday. This means that today I find myself on Day 4, Monday, having done nothing at all! After a wonderful weekend with family and friends Monday morning came with a bump. In amongst one unwell small person and the usual home duties I have managed to find about 2 hours to get down to some work. So, what have I achieved?

Whilst learning about internet profit systems I have come across lots of talk about social network marketing but being totally honest I don’t like the sound of it. Granted I know nothing about it and am making this judgement blind but I feel uncomfortable with it for two reasons; the first is that it involves using your friends and family as a means of selling and promoting your wares, the second is the fact that Facebook is sure to play a pivotal role in any social network marketing strategy. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-Facebook more Facebook suspicious, my profile is limited and my network restricted to friends from the real world. In the future I am sure that I will have to engage with social network marketing, for now I have simply sent an email to friends and family sharing news of my venture.

Earn an extra income with SquidooI have also begun the process of telling the internet world about the $66 challenge by launching a Squidoo lens – Internet Profit Systems The $66 Challenge.

Squidoo is a great way to earn an extra income. It is absolutely free and as such a good place to start to make more money if you are a stay at home Mum. With Squidoo it’s really easy way to create web pages about absolutely anything that takes your fancy, you may choose to tell the world about your favourite holiday destination or how to make a disco cake.

One of the first lens I created was called The Perfect Disco Party For Kids.

By integrating promotions for products from popular sites such as Amazon and Ebay into their lenses Squidoo users earn commission on any purchases their readers make. It’s a fun way to create an extra income and as Squidoo is loved by Google a fantastic way to promote and improve the rankings of your own products, projects and web pages.

You can read all about The $66 Internet Profit Systems Challenge on Squidoo by following this link – click here.

Or if you would like to make a start with Squidoo simply click here. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s a great way to start to earn an extra income.  Start with Squidoo today.